MySpace and Personal Antivirus

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April 24, 2009 at 00:16:28
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.401 GHz / 3007 MB
Just thought I would pass this along. I just spent several hours removing what claims to be an Anit Virus software from 18 different computers in various locations( friends, family and neighbors ). They all got this from the same place. www.myspace.com . It appears to be an ad on the site somewhere. It gives you a popup claiming you need protection,when you try to close it it downloads to your comp and initiates at startup. With every web page you try to open it gives another popup stating the page contains harmful script and you need to run this anti virus software. Ofcourse though you must purcahse the code first. The file is pav.exe .

There is an uninstall but you have to look for it. If you go the route of start-programs-pav-uninstall it does not work. So most just deleted the exe file that made it fun to remove from some of the computers. You can open my computer and got to C:Program Files\Common Files\Uninstal\PAV\Uninstall.exe; and run the uninstall from there. Takes like 3 seconds. That worked great on my computer here because the wife is afraid of it so she just shut it down and left it for me. Out of the 18 that I worked on I only had 10 total that did not delete the exe file the rest I had to fight with.

I have informed MySpace of this. I have added MySpace to the blocked sites list on all 18 of the computers i just worked on. I went to the same page where my wife got it from, she was trying to see pictures of our grandson that is a thousand miles away and got hit with a popup that as she put it said something about windows system 32 and stealing passwords and personal information when she tried to close it she got the program.

Hope maybe this will either help someone get rid of it or keep someone from getting it.

Likely

Practice makes perfect but only if you practice perfectly!


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#1
April 24, 2009 at 02:33:40
Thanks likelystory,

I had a similar situation couple weeks ago. My PC was infected with Personal Antivirus, but removed it successfully. I can add this manual Personal Antivirus removal guide: http://www.2-viruses.com/remove-per...


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#2
April 24, 2009 at 02:49:19
Much appreciated I have book marked that page for later. I'll pass it along as needed.
Thank you ignys

Practice makes perfect but only if you practice perfectly!


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#3
April 24, 2009 at 06:10:37
the easiest way is manually get rid of this: http://www.spywarevoid.com/personal...

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#4
April 24, 2009 at 11:52:23
I have added MySpace to the blocked sites list on all 18 of the computers i just worked on.

What about Facebook? You know what - no matter where you go, trouble follows as long as you do not exercise common senses on what not to do. Cybergangs love those who click on anything that pops up on the screen.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#5
April 24, 2009 at 14:02:11
What about Facebook?

I hate to admit it but I got sucked in by a Facebook IQ quiz that I had to provide my cell phone number to recieve the result via text message.

I had unwittingly subscribed to some BS service and racked up a $20 bill before I could stop it.

While I laugh about it now all of these social networking sites seem to be parasitic in nature... I've seen none that are "clean"

<EDIT> Oh yeah and I never did get my IQ result. But after I got sucked in by that little caper that might just be a good thing </EDIT>


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#6
April 24, 2009 at 15:47:27
I have reproduced what happened at Myspace. On the same page where my wife was looking at pictures. I did not click on anything. Did not even highlight any of those ads. Bang I got the popup saying that windows folder system32 had been infected by dangerous script from this site. It says if you download this anti virus program it can take care of the issue and provides a button to do so. I clicked the little X in the upper right corner to close it and the program was downloaded. Seems to me this would be illigal!!! Anyway all you have to do is go to C:Program Files\Common Files\Uninstal\PAV\Uninstall.exe;
C: being your root drive. The uninstall works no mus no fuss. But still I never clicked anything giving permission to download. I only opted to close. This is why I assume this is illigal. From what I gather there is a tech support line for these jerks I have not found the number yet but I will. Being dupt into buying something by clicking the trial version is one thing but that isn't what happened here.

Likely

Practice makes perfect but only if you practice perfectly!


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#7
April 24, 2009 at 16:38:25
Heya Likely,

There is a contact on the "about us" page linked below:

http://www.aboutus.org/MySpace.com

or here:

http://collect.myspace.com/index.cf...

Although these sites are cram packed with advertising and trickery I'm fairly sure they would be upset about their visitors copping unauthorised downloads and installs.

It is an obvious breach of system security with what seems to be a rogue antivirus program.


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#8
April 24, 2009 at 18:21:40
Oh yeah I contacted MySpace after I got rid of the problem. What I was referring to was contact information for PAV itself. I saw a post somewhere that someone had contacted them and they instructed on how to uninstall. I am attempting to get a location or physical address to see if possable legal action can be taken.

Practice makes perfect but only if you practice perfectly!


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